Two Men In Custody After Suffolk Couple Shot in Barbados

Police in Barbados say two men are helping with their investigation after a couple from Bedfield in Suffolk were shot.

Royal Barbados Police said two men have been detained over the shooting of 59 year old Ann Prior and her 72-year-old husband Philip, who were robbed during a stopover on the Caribbean island.

Mr Prior was hit on his left side and his wife, whose handbag was stolen in Sunday's attack in the capital, Bridgetown, was shot in her right thigh.

Passers-by rushed to help the couple who were then taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Inspector David Welch of Royal Barbados Police said: "The gentleman, Mr Prior, is resting and is comfortable. He is in good spirits.

"We have two suspects in custody at this time assisting us with our investigation.''

The couple, believed to be from Woodbridge, were on a three-month P&O cruise around the Caribbean and South America on board the Adonia, which left Southampton on January 8 and is due to arrive back in the UK on April 3.

A company spokesman said: "Two passengers on Adonia were hospitalised in Bridgetown, Barbados following an incident on shore on Sunday March 17. One passenger has since been released from hospital.

"Local authorities are investigating. Our shoreside customer care team and ship's medical team are providing support as necessary.''

A Foreign Office spokesman said they were aware of the incident and providing consular assistance.

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